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[ad-ver-ser-ee] /ˈæd vərˌsɛr i/
noun, plural adversaries.
a person, group, or force that opposes or attacks; opponent; enemy; foe.
a person, group, etc., that is an opponent in a contest; contestant.
the Adversary, the devil; Satan.
adjective, Also, especially British, adversarial
[ad-ver-sair-ee-uh l] /ˌæd vərˈsɛər i əl/ (Show IPA)
of or relating to an adversary.
involving adversaries, as plaintiff and defendant in a legal proceeding:
an adversary trial.
Origin of adversary
1300-50; Middle English adversarie < Latin adversārius, equivalent to advers(us) (see adverse) + -ārius -ary; replacing Middle English adversere < Anglo-French
Related forms
adversariness, noun
nonadversarial, adjective
1. Adversary, antagonist mean a person or a group contending against another. Adversary suggests an enemy who fights determinedly, continuously, and relentlessly: a formidable adversary. Antagonist suggests one who, in hostile spirit, opposes another, often in a particular contest or struggle: a duel with an antagonist.
1. ally. Unabridged
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  • Bad Bart, filled with admiration for his former adversary, presents her with a tiara.
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  • But he led from conviction, but never made an adversary into an enemy.
  • Nick was forced to take on a real adversary in November 2005 when he was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes.
British Dictionary definitions for adversary


noun (pl) -saries
a person or group that is hostile to someone; enemy
an opposing contestant in a game or sport
the US term for adversarial (sense 2)
Word Origin
C14: from Latin adversārius, from adversus against. See adverse
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Word Origin and History for adversary

mid-14c., aduersere, from Anglo-French adverser (13c.), Old French adversaire "adversary, opponent, enemy," or directly from Latin adversarius "opponent, adversary, rival," noun use of adjective meaning "opposite, hostile, contrary," literally "turned toward one," from adversus "turned against" (see adverse). The Latin word is glossed in Old English by wiðerbroca.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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adversary in the Bible

(Heb. satan), an opponent or foe (1 Kings 5:4; 11:14, 23, 25; Luke 13:17); one that speaks against another, a complainant (Matt. 5:25; Luke 12:58); an enemy (Luke 18:3), and specially the devil (1 Pet. 5:8).

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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